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Our top tips to adapt to tele-health

Telehealth can be very effective. It can be convenient and flexible, allowing you to speak to your therapist from the comfort of your own home.

Also known as e-therapy, teletherapy, or cyber-counselling. If you’re finding it hard to get to a counselling session e-counseling may be for you, it can be a really effective way of working through some of life’s challenges. This is a good option if you can’t get to a counsellor, if you live in a remote or rural community or if travel a lot for study or work.

What can we help you with?

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss

Managing your therapy sessions online isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.

So we have come up with a few ideas to help you continue to get the mental health support you need while navigating online counselling. Let’s face it, it’s part of our new normal, so we need to find a way to get the help and support we need while changing from face to face to telehealth at a moments notice. Maybe you are in lockdown, or your clinician has to isolate, there could be a. number of reasons, and it’s important to keep your session. 

  • You can choose phone calls instead of video, that way you can talk with your clinician on the phone while walking the dog, sitting in the park etc
  • You may be able to ask for a shorter session in advance some people find 30 minutes more manageable
  • If a private space is hard to find, some people find sitting in their car helpful or using the texting function to type things to their clinician they don’t want people to overhear
  • Make a tea or hot chocolate, get some snacks and make yourself cosy and comfortable
  • Grab the pets and have your own pet-assisted therapy
  • Bring a colouring book or your knitting, keeping your hands busy can help take the pressure off

Remember it’s harder to reach your goals if you’re not attending your sessions. So while telehealth may not be your favourite thing, attending your appointment is important for your mental health and wellbeing.

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